Strengthening the roles of labour inspectors in HIV prevention programme at the company level

In collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, the ILO conducted a two-day HIV/AIDS training for labour inspectors from seven provinces in Indonesia to strengthen their HIV action plans and to ensure the implementation of non-discriminatory policy at the company level.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 15 August 2019
Around 27 labour inspectors of the Ministry of Manpower from seven selected provinces participated at HIV/AIDS Training for Labour Inspector held in Bogor, West Java, from 1-3 August. The training was aimed to raise the awareness on HIV/AIDS, mainstream HIV/AIDS issues on occupational safety and health (OSH) programmes, strengthen the implementation of technical instruction of the Ministerial Decree on HIV and further learn from companies’ best practices for replication.

Labour inspectors from seven provinces participated at the ILO training, aimed to strengthen the HIV prevention programme at the workplace
During the training, the participating labour inspectors identified key challenges they face in their regions. Some of the identified challenges included main focuses of companies and inspectors on other key labour issues such as wages, working contracts, working hours and so forth, and voluntarily implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention programme and lack of understanding from companies on the benefits of the HIV prevention programme.

“The Ministerial Decree is focused on the persuasive approach and provide no sanctions to the companies as a result some companies consider HIV related issues less crucial compared to other labour issues such as wages, working hours and so forth,” explained one of the participating labour inspectors; while one other participant added that “some companies still question the benefit of the HIV prevention programme for the overall operational of the company.”

The implementation of HIV/AIDS programme at the company level is expected to contribute to reaching the target of Three Zero Campaign: Zero New Infection on HIV, Zero Stigma and Discrimination, Zero Death-related AIDS among productive ages at workplace sectors. The campaign highlights the significant contribution of the world of work to the HIV response."

To enhance understanding, knowledge and skills of the labour inspectors, the training applied a participatory training method where all the participants were forced to actively and interactively involve in the training process. In addition to the testimonial given by a worker with HIV, a role play activity also further engage the participants with real cases and issues of HIV at the workplace.

The training concluded with the establishment of work plans and action plans from each participating province. The work plans will act as guidance and will strengthen actions taken by labour inspectors in ensuring the implementation of HIV prevention programme at the company level, including the quality of the programmes in reducing stigma and discrimination at the workplace.

The implementation of HIV/AIDS programme at the company level is expected to contribute to reaching the target of Three Zero Campaign: Zero New Infection on HIV, Zero Stigma and Discrimination, Zero Death-related AIDS among productive ages at workplace sectors. The campaign highlights the significant contribution of the world of work to the HIV response.